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Four Ways AJJ Just Gets It

Have you ever turned to music to hear someone who gets it? A voice that totally understands what you’re feeling and puts it into words better than you ever could? Don’t we all? But sometimes, don’t you just wish an artist would sing it how it is without all the abstract, vague references to unspoken feelings?

AJJ (Formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is one of those artists who just gets it. He blatantly sings about issues that everyone can relate to. He touches on everything from how much growing up sucks, to how much your ex sucks, to how much the world sucks.

1. The world sucks sometimes and so do humans, but that’s normal. 

“How is the world so small when the world is so large. And who made the world, could I please speak to who’s in charge.” – “People II: The Reckoning”

This song sums it all up. People are flawed and the world is flawed. AJJ lets us know that yeah, we’re all a little messed up, but it’s okay. It’s okay to be messed up and it’s okay to be angry sometimes because we’re all human. I respect this message. Listening to this song also makes me feel better about some of my bad habits… like eating an obscene amount of cheese balls every time I get stressed out.

2. Growing up really f***ing sucks. 

“Growing up really f***ing sucks. I want to fall in love but I don’t love anybody. But I’m afraid I don’t care.” – “Growing Up”

I don’t know a single soul who hasn’t identified with that statement at one point or another in their life. Personally, I identify with that statement right now. Growing up sucks. You keep getting older and you have all these responsibilities and your family wants you to be in love – but what if you aren’t? It’s enough to make you want to lay on the floor and reevaluate your life, because sometimes that’s just what it comes to.

3. Life is too short to be sad all the time. 

“Let’s make the most of it, ’cause life’s too short to f**k with.” – Jesus Saves

In this song, AJJ recognizes that we all get sad sometimes. As much as it would be easy to sit and cry about it, life is simply too short for that. Yes, we all get sad or get down on ourselves. But so what? We can’t waste our time being upset or feeling hopeless or else we’ll “rot away” without really living our lives. Pick yourself up, get over it and move on. Also, eat chocolate and watch sitcoms. Do whatever it is that is good for your soul.

4. Equality. 

“People are people regardless of anything. I have faith in my fellow man, and I only hope that he has faith in me.” – “People”

People are people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income, background or ANYTHING for that matter. AJJ recognizes that people can be hateful, inconsiderate and unfair. But you’re special, I’m special, we are all special. We need to believe in one another. We are, essentially, all the same in our differences. Now go hug someone.

5. Everyone on this earth is a family. ❤️

“We are all one big band across this land and we should sing in tune.” – “No More Tears”

This one doesn’t need an explanation. We all need to recognize we are one big happy family. Love wins.

If you identified with any of these reasons why AJJ just gets it, then you’ll enjoy listening to them at Rose Music Hall tonight.

This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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Peace, Love, The Mowgli’s

WhereThe Blue Note
When
September 24, doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost:
 $15 Advance / $17 Day of Show
Openers
Dreamers, Colony House

Do you ever feel like the only thing that can get you through a hard day, a long drive, an all-nighter or anything for that matter, is music? Not just any music, but the right music. The music that makes you feel. The music that vocalizes everything you’re feeling.

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Or even the music that brings you out of your internal box you’ve put yourself in so that you don’t implode or explode with all the bottled up feelings you’ve been hiding away?

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Yeah, same.

And I think The Mowgli’s get that in all of its entirety. They have a brilliant way of reaching out to everyone’s heart and really touching it. There are certain situations in life where you just want to hear something that matches the way you feel.

For example, with the first round of exams being over, I have this overwhelming feeling of pure happiness and relief. I mean yeah, I’ve got my stuff together, I completed my exams without failing and I only had like two fleeting thoughts of dropping out and traveling the world, so I consider it a success!

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This song totally identifies with that mood. It’s also really catchy so you should give it a listen. I know you want to.

The really cool thing about The Mowgli’s is that they have a song that almost anyone can identify with.

For example, for all of you “independent and perfectly happy with your life, but also open to being with someone but at the same time” kind of people, you’ll love this song. It kind of makes me feel like I’m in a rom-com. (Which I have decided is a cool feeling.)

The vibes I get from The Mowgli’s are undeniable. You can’t help but #feelthelove

Speaking of vibes, the openers for The Mowgli’s are spot on. I’ll give you a quick taste and leave it up to you to explore further.

DREAMERS.

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Their latest album is called This Album Does Not Exist. So hip, so great…like this song. If you liked it as much as I did then click here for more awesomeness.

Colony House

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Their latest album is called When I Was Younger. The vocals are so beautiful and of course the vibe is so chill, relaxed and overall amazing. I can’t sum up their talent in just one song so just trust me on this one and listen to it all!

All the feels, am I right? If you want to hear more then check out the band’s website and stay tuned for their new album which will be out soon.

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If I had to sum up The Mowgli’s and their fabulous openers I would have to say that they all promote happiness. What could be a better message? I think that not only did they achieve happiness with their music, but they also are responsible for giving everyone a little reminder or at least a little taste of what life should feel like.

I experience so many feelings, emotions and warmth when I listen to their music and it’s simply incredible. I mean for a song to have that much power that within the first 3 seconds you start to really FEEL something. That’s a rare talent and I believe that it’s something really unique to The Mowgli’s. They are looking to promote positivity, acceptance and love and they do it through one of the most powerful and popular mediums; music.

This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose.


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Show Recap: Q&A with Kurt Vile

On Monday, April 11, indie darling Kurt Vile brought his signature lo-fi sound to The Blue Note for a crowd-pleasing set that began with “Dust Bunnies” and ended with “Peeping Tomboy” and “Wild Imagination.” Before he took the stage, I sat down with the “pretty pimpin’” singer-songwriter to talk about touring and some of his latest obsessions.

DR: Describe the ups and downs of touring

KV: Ideally [the best parts of touring are] a killer show and the adrenaline high post-show. Sometimes we’ll be on a roll and other times there’s technical difficulties, but for the most part we’re pretty tight these days. That’s obviously the most rewarding thing: people coming out, seeing fans, you know.

I think after a while you just get exhausted. I’m pretty exhausted right now. I get real healthy when I go home, and I get gung-ho about staying healthy on tour, but even just general eating is hard. I get pretty burnt out, but then it goes away. You’re happy to be home but eventually you want the rush back. You went to get back out on the stage.

DR: What do you do to kill time on the bus?

KV: Some people in my band are couch potatoes, so there tends to always be a movie on or you know, music, reading books, whatever really. Bullshit.

DR: Are you reading anything right now?

KV: “Lost Highway.” [It’s] about a bunch of roots-y, country and rock n roll artists like Ernest Tubb, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Elvis, Charlie Feathers, etc. These days I like to always have a book – sometimes I’m super obsessive and I plow through tons of books, right now I’m a little slower. When I’m home and relaxing, that’s a way that keeps me excited about music in general, like whatever my latest obsession is. Like George Jones [for example]; I read his autobiography, and the next thing you know I printed out like 10 shirts of a hilarious photo of him next to the Easter Bunny during his time when he was with Tammy Wynette. Just little things like that get me pumped.

DR: What are some of your latest obsessions?

KV: Certain country music for sure. I just picked up these records here [in Columbia]: original Mickey Newbury albums, Kitty Wells, a super early country lady; Bobby Fuller, George Jones and Charlie Feathers. I like early roots rock. I’m even into Elvis, I like the idea [of him] and Jerry Lee Lewis; all the original staples, and the the freakier the personality they had, the better. That’s why I say I like Elvis – sure he had a dark side, but he was like the nicer version of someone like Jerry Lee Lewis. I’m definitely on like the roots of rock and roll, country kind of kick.

DR: Are you currently working on anything new?

KV: I’ve written tons of songs. I just lost this notebook on the road that mapped out my next album, but I remember most of it. It was really just a bunch of bullshit notes about country music I should be listening to, but I kind of know what I’m doing anyways. The album before, I was putting everything in the notes in my phone and I got really annoyed because I would see all these other things [on my phone] and forget what I was doing, so I had this little notebook, but then I put it through the wash. When we dried it all off and put it in these little plastic things, my tour manager Craig said it looked like the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Shortly after] I just stonerly-mindedly lost it somewhere.

Kurt Vile tracks you need on your playlist RN:

  • “Wild Imagination”
  • “Pretty Pimpin” with Kurt Vile
  • “All in a Daze Work” with Kurt Vile

Listen to Vile’s newest album, b’lieve I’m goin down, here:      https://open.spotify.com/album/2uRTsStAmo7Z2UwCIvuwMv

This post was written by Danny Rosenberg, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose.